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How to Make English Breakfast Tea: Easy Recipe

Make a perfect cup of UK's favorite tea! 
Cook Time2 mins
Steeping time2 mins
Total Time2 mins
Course: Tea
Cuisine: British
Keyword: English Breakfast Tea
Appliance: Saucepan, Tea Strainer, Teapot, Kettle
Author: Raksha Hegde


  • 1 tsp English Breakfast tea leaves
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp milk or cream optional
  • sugar optional
  • lemon slice optional


  • It is important to measure the tea leaves and water to ensure the perfect cup of tea. All loose tea leaves are different but as a standard measure, you can use 1 teaspoon of tea leaves for a cup of water. 
  • Boil water in a kettle or a saucepan. Never reboil the water as it will change the way the tea tastes. 

  • Remove the water from heat and add the tea leaves. Let it infuse the water for 2 minutes. Timing it correctly is important because it will affect the strength of the tea. 
  • A perfect black English Breakfast is ready. Add sugar and lemon or milk and sugar as per taste. 
    A cup of hot tea with a spoon and plate on a wooden table
  • If you like a creamy English Breakfast, you can add milk and let it blend for an additional 2 minutes. Alternatively, you can add milk or cream after the tea infusion is ready. This can help you judge the correct amount of milkiness of your tea. 
    Pouring milk into a cup of black tea
  • If you are using a traditional teapot, pour the tea infusion after straining the tea leaves into the pot. Enjoy your English Breakfast tea with cucumber sandwiches or a scone! 
    Woman pouring tea into a teacup